How The Los Angeles Angels Stack Up: Starting Rotation

By Jason Evans

As spring training approaches, I’m going to do some divisional power rankings. We are going to take a look at how the Angels stack up in their division at the starting rotation, bullpen, and at each position including DH. I’m going off of depth charts and all info is current as of that day. If Kyle Lohse signs with the Angels or the Rangers after I write this it is what it is. Today we are going to look at the starting rotation and go from worst to first.

Sept. 23, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher

Jered Weaver

(36) pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Houston Astros:

Bud Norris

Lucas Harrell

Jordan Lyles

Phil Humber

Erik Bedard

Obviously, this is a team in transformation and rebuilding. Norris on another team would be a two or a three. Harrell and the rest would be four or back end of the rotation guys. The interesting guy to watch is Bedard. If they get anything out of him, a team at the deadline looking for a starter could scoop him up

  1. Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez

Hisashi Iwakuma

Erasmo Ramirez

Blake Beavan

Hector Noesi

While King Felix is probably the best overall starting pitcher in the division, the rest of the rotation leaves a little to be desired. The team did pitch better in the second half and was key to their record down the stretch. The team is loaded with quality pitching prospects though

  1. Oakland Athletics

Brett Anderson

Jarrod Parker

Tom Milone

A.J. Griffin

Daniel Straily

The A’s rotation was a strength last season. However, each have a bit of a question. Anderson is coming off Tommy John and hasn’t pitched a full season in a couple of years. Milone has huge home/road discrepency. Parker was a stud, but he pitched more innings than ever, and Griffin and Straily are a bit of a unknown at the big league level

  1. Los Angeles Angels

Jered Weaver

C.J. Wilson

Tommy Hanson

Jason Vargas

Joe Blanton

This year’s Angel rotation isn’t as good as last years. Wilson needs to rebound from a shaky second half. Hanson needs to prove he can pitch in the AL and that he’s healthy. Vargas is solid, however he needs to keep the ball in the ballpark and Blanton is a question mark.

  1. Texas Rangers

Yu Darvish

Derek Holland

Matt Harrison

Alexi Ogando

Martin Perez

The Rangers may not have that true ace, however their top three is very solid. Ogando going back to the rotation is a smart move. Perez is unproven. If the team can get anything out of Colby Lewis this year it would be a bonus.

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